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    hardly be other than grateful

    Hi,

    What does the sentence mean "She can hardly be other than grateful"? Does it mean "She can only be grateful"? If so, is the sentence idiomatic?

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    Re: hardly be other than grateful

    Yes, that is exactly what it means.

    It is a rather formal circumlocution.

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    Re: hardly be other than grateful

    And some people try to attenuate the formality by adding an 'anything' (which makes 'other' into an adjective).

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